While millions, if not billions, of dollars are gambled on horse racing by avid betters every Wednesday, for travellers and expats, it’s more of a social scene than anything.
It’s similar to being in a beer garden setting. People are standing around drinking and socializing. There are drink chugging competitions in the tents on the track level, and you can actually win some legit prizes. You can also throw a little money down on the horses just for fun (we lost). But really this is a one of the best places to meet people.
Sadly, I only got to make it to the Happy Valley horse races once. The second time we wanted to go there was a typhoon and so we didn’t leave our apartment. Apparently, the races still went on despite the bad weather, but that’s something you’ll want to double check before heading out!
If you go after 10 pm you’ll get in free, but keep in mind it’s only open until 11 pm.
It opens at 6 pm.
You can use your Octopus card to pay to get in and it’s only 10 HKD for the standing area on the track level.
If it’s been pouring rain (or if there’s a typhoon) it might be cancelled since it is outdoors.
If you’re staying on Hong Kong island the Happy Valley Racecourse is very easy to get to. It’s located in Happy Valley, which is right beside Wan Chai.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Racecourse, Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong